Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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The Rosemount boys tennis team closed out the regular season by winning two out of three matches last week, improving its record to 6-9 heading into this week's section tournament.
Rosemount physical education teacher Tracy Cassano received Dakota County's Emergency Medical Services Lifesaver of the Year award at a ceremony May 11 at Brackett’s Crossing in Lakeville. Cassano was nominated by fellow Rosemount teacher Chris Orr, whom she helped resuscitate after he suffered a heart attack during class in Irish Gym on March 3.
A day after learning it had won the South Suburban Conference Relays for the first time ever, the Rosemount girls track team ran away with its first True Team section title since 1987. The Irish won six individual events and totaled six events where they placed three athletes in the top 10. That depth helped them amass 967.5 points, over 100 more than runner-up Prior Lake in the eight-team field May 9 at Prior Lake High School.
The Rosemount boys lacrosse team has developed a knack for winning close games this season. Last Thursday the Irish overcame a three-goal, fourth quarter deficit to defeat ninth-ranked Lakeville North 8-7 in overtime at Irish Stadium. It was the 7-2 team’s fourth one-goal victory of the season.
Anshul Bharath went 3-0 at No. 1 singles and the doubles team of Aashish Bharath and Jake Green swept their flight in doubles play to capture gold medals at Saturday's Irish Invitational tennis tournament. Owatonna won the team title, defeating Rosemount 5-2, but the Irish scored 5-2 wins of their own over Simley and St. Thomas Academy. The Irish went 1-2 during the week in three South Suburban Conference matches. They lost to Lakeville South 7-0 and Eastview 5-2, but picked up a 4-3 victory over Prior Lake.
The Rosemount girls’ lacrosse team’s 2-5 record isn’t far from being 5-2. The Irish have lost three straight one-goal games going back to their 8-7 setback April 27 at Eastview. Last Tuesday, the Irish led by two goals in the fourth quarter before falling to Eagan 10-9. They led by the same 9-7 score two days later in Shakopee, but eventually fell 12-11 in overtime. That came after senior Maggie Moeller netted two goals in the final minute to tie the score.
With a pair of come-from-behind one-goal victories last week, the Rosemount boys’ lacrosse team became one of just a half dozen or so programs statewide to reach 100 wins. Win No. 100 came last Thursday in Shakopee after the Irish fell behind by five goals in the first half. No. 101 quickly followed on Saturday in Orono where the visitors dug themselves out of a 4-1 hole to win 8-7 and improve their record to 5-2.
With all-state pitcher Gabby Sprang taking the week off to rest her arm, the Rosemount softball team had to score some runs to win two out of three games. The Irish combined to score 17 runs in wins over Eagan and Lakeville North last week before being bounced by Eastview 15-5 on Friday in Apple Valley.
The eagles were landing for Rosemount golfer Sydney Regalado last week. Regalado carded her second eagle of the week Saturday when she holed her second shot on the 320-yard third hole at Emerald Green Golf Course. She ended up shooting a round of 79 to lead the Irish to fourth place out of 11 teams at the Irish Invitational. Last Tuesday, Regalado used her wedge to ace the 102-yard sixth hole on the same Emerald Greens Silver course.
Pitching continued to dominate during the Rosemount baseball team’s recent stretch of South Suburban Conference games. The Irish held opponents to six runs over the 21-inning span, but came away with just one win and a pair of close losses to show for it. They beat Eagan at home 4-2 last Wednesday, but then dropped back-to-back 2-0 contests to Lakeville North and Burnsville.